How to Build a Better Kabob

Making kabobs is a great way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your grilling. It’s also a leaner way to cook compared to frying. Here are some smarter skewer strategies to help you grill.

Soak Wooden Skewers

If you’re using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water before putting over an open flame to prevent them from catching on fire and falling apart.

Use 2 Skewers Each

Ever try to turn your kabob to grill on the other side and the food spins around on the skewer? Instead, use 2 skewers and thread the foot on both so that it lies flat and is easy to turn. This is especially good for shrimp, chicken, and other pieces of meat that tend to curl up as they cook.

Even Better, Use Flat Skewers

There are new metal skewers available that are flat instead of the skinny round sticks which will prevent spinning.

Don’t Crowd the Skewers

Leave a little space between each piece of food. This allows hot air to circulate around the entire piece of meat or vegetable & promotes even grilling.

Cook Meat & Vegetables on Separate Skewers

Meat takes longer to cook than veggies so if you put them on the same skewer you will end up with burnt vegetables.



  • Bench, Tara and Petito, Anne. “The ultimate summer grilling guide.” Ladies’s Home Journal. July/August 2014. 78.
  • “Flat Skewers” Prevention. August 2014. 62.

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